In 2003, Santana released an album, From Me to U under Def Jam; its single “Dipset (Santana’s Town)” reached #70 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop chart. What the Game’s Been Missing! followed in 2005 with the singles “There It Go (The Whistle Song)”, “Oh Yes”, and “Clockwork”. “There It Go” reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks charts; “Oh Yes” reached #56 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the Rap charts. Both this album and single “There It Go” were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Santana began working with Lil Wayne on a collaboration album I Can’t Feel My Face in 2006. Mick Boogie, a DJ from Ohio, released a mixtape in late August 2006 titled Blow that contained 12 leaked tracks from the album recording sessions. Recording and production reportedly concluded by summer 2007. Santana told Angie Martinez in an interview on New York City hip-hop station Hot 97 that he blames the delay on the album on fellow Dipset rapper Cam’ron. In April 2008, Santana stated that problems existed earlier mentioned his and Wayne’s signing to distinct labels and thus announced plans for various mixtapes to promote “unity and creativity”. Santana claimed that Cam’ron blocked collaborations by other artists. XXL magazine brought up the delay of the album release in a February 2009 interview with Santana, who replied that “contractual issues” were to blame and that he was talking to L.A. Reid relating to releasing this album before his own solo album. In Wayne’s album Tha Carter III, Santana appeared on the fifteenth track.
In August 2008, Dipset founder Cam’ron shown that he had sold Santana’s contract to Def Jam Records for $2 million. Despite selling him to the Def Jam label, Juelz says he isn’t mad at Cam. He revealed that he had inked a joint 50/50 joint venture with Def Jam, where he will release his next album, Born to Lose, Built to Win. Santana performed on Jim Jones’s single “Pop Champagne”, which was designed by Ron Browz. “Pop Champagne” peaked at #22 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart; it was too certified Gold by RIAA on
|Day of Birth||18 February 1983|
|Place of Birth||Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA|